Rouge Mistral

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2016-09-11
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Eike, Rachel
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Rouge Mistral was developed from pre-consumer textile waste (discarded textile scraps) from university apparel design workrooms. Rouge Mistral employed a tufting textile fabrication technique where narrow strips of discarded textiles scraps were pushed up through an open weave textile (discarded burlap coffee bean sack) forming loops on the right side of the cape. The tufted design of the cape was inspired by the strong Mistral wind that blows from southern France into the Gulf of Lion. The dress portion of the ensemble was strategically designed and draped for maximum utilization of remaining discarded textiles. Side panels of dress were shaped with curved seams to compliment the Mistral swirling influence in the cape. A variety of textiles were utilized in this design: natural, synthetic, and blended fibers in knits, plain weaves, lace, and netting to name a few. Production of Rouge Mistral kept approximately 5 pounds of textiles from entering landfills.

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